Friday, 21 September 2018

Halloween Art with PicMonkey #caturdayart

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Happy Caturday!

I reminded Mum that Halloween is soon upon us and that it's now time to get some art practice in. I've got to say it, and we're sure many would agree with us, that this is the most fun time of the year in which to get creative with your photos!

There are lots of free editing apps and programs out there which can help you achieve amazing Halloween art but today we're looking at PicMonkey.

It's what Mum used in order to create this crazy scary photo of me. Isn't it fab?

Caturday Art for Halloween

Mum had been using the free version of PicMonkey for ages but it was clear that there were some fantastic-looking effects that would undoubtedly create awesome pawsome results but which she couldn't use because they weren't free.

Mum decided to go elsewhere and so she experimented with many of the other free online editing sites and apps and stuff. As I already said, there are some fine editing apps out there available to use for free. But recently Mum has started designing new cover art for her Blood of the Gods vampire trilogy and as she is useless with Photoshop and gets easily frustrated, I suggested to her that maybe she should go back to PicMonkey. "There's a free 7-day trial," I said, "and you could test out all those other effects you were so curious about."

So she took her wise kitty's advice and signed up and has spent the last few days busy with her art. But then she thought, "Wait, I'm using all these amazing effects, graphics, textures and fonts for my books but what about Athena's Caturday Art Blog Hop? Halloween is coming up soon, and Christmas ain't too far away 🙀 so it makes sense to continue with the subscription!"


The PicMonkey Basic subscription is purrfect for unleashing your creative photo editing potential. It's certainly unlocked Mum's creativity as she can sit there staring at that computer for hours. I sit on the bed and watch her at her desk, or catnap, and when I wake up I soon let her know when I'm hungry. I also remind her when it's time for our afternoon nap. 😻 Mum often wakes in the early hours and works from 4am to 6am so she does deserve a nap, in case anyone thought she's a lazy cat lady.

With the Basic plan, which costs £6.49 GBP/month and is billed annually (£77.99), or £9.00 GBP/month billed monthly, you get:

  • Hub storage for 50 images and you can sort Hub images, save, export and share.
  • Advanced touch-up tools
  • Primo effects, graphics, fonts
  • Re-editable images, in Hub
  • Top-shelf templates
  • No ads (which is just great as they really are annoying.)

There is also a Pro version which we don't think it's worth bothering with unless you can afford it.
The Pro version costs £10.50 GBP/month (£126.00 billed annually) or £14.00 GBP/month - billed monthly. With this option you get:

  • Unlimited Hub storage and you can organize your Hub with Collections
  • Save, Export, Share
  • Advanced touch-up tools
  • Primo effects, graphics, fonts
  • Re-editable images, in Hub
  • Top-shelf templates
  • No ads


Graphic design templates sized just for social. Take PicMonkey's ad-vice.

Mum only needs the Basic plan as she isn't rich and to be honest with you, we both think it should be cheaper, but as she really needs the extra features right now, she is willing to continue her subscription for a while to see what other fantastic photo art and graphics she comes up with. And I can't wait to see her new book covers!

Caturday Art Blog Hop

Create beautiful art with your pet photos!



Come on furiends and animal lovers, let's see your animal photo art. All animals welcome, not just cats! Some free photo editors and apps are really simple to use and you can have a beautiful artsy photo of your pet to share in an instant! 

Join us every Saturday!

19 comments:

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Lovely art, Athena. That effect really highlights your eyes.

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

Athena, we don't think it's scary at all. Though the effect makes you look like you've got your arms crossed in front of you :)

Marv Marvelous said...

Athena! You look so wonderful! I LOVE your art today. It is so cool (and not spooky)
Purrs
Marv

Linda said...

I do love your artwork today!

Cathy Keisha said...

Pawsome art. Canva or Crello are great for designing book covers and logos and you can use most of their templates for free. I love using them. They're more for designing than art as they have limited filters.

Summer said...

That is cool art, Athena! The photo editing apps' pro versions may sound pricey, but they are still way cheaper than what my human pays for Adobe Creative Suite. So it's all relative.

Little Binky and Granny said...

Pawsome! That is one amazing effect, Athena. Your eyes...so COOL! Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend :) <3

Pam Greer said...

Lovely art. I haven't tried picmonkey.

Peaches and Paprika said...

We love your greener than green look and those ULTRA green eyes!

Peaches and Paprika said...

Pam U will love it. Our human hates the name Picmonkey and didn't use it for ages because of that but much of what you do in PS is much quicker and less clunky in Picmonkey. Much as we STILL don't like the name.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

It is fab, but you are too cute to be scary. Thanks for hosting. XO

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

Athena you always looks so glorious no matter what the effect! But what a lovely one today.

Marie Symeou said...

They were stretched out in front of me :)

Athena x

Marie Symeou said...

Yes, I've used Canva for designing but it didn't seem to work for me. I found it hard to use. I'm thick I suppose :)

Marie Symeou said...

Yes, that's so expensive. I use Photoshop Elements 13.

Sherri-Ellen T-D. said...

Furry cool photo Athena...you look simplee beeuteefull an a bit spooky butt inn a nice way....
***purrss*** BellaDharma

Catscue CatMom said...

That is a stunning work of art! Thanks for the photo tips.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

That is incredible! Your mom did an amazing job with your Halloween art.

The Menagerie Mom said...

We love Halloween, and we equally love this stunning masterpiece of you, Athena!